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Census Database Update

The following new Lawson census entries have been transcribed and will be added to the respective database in due course. Current UK database has 66,051 names and US database 44,800 names. 

3/2/ - 1921 Ayrshire 203
31/12 - 1910 West Virginia 151 (524)
9/12 - 1921 Lanarkshire 244
24/10 - 1921 Lancashire 681 (2448)
11/10/22 - 1921 Durham 253 (2174)
5/9- 1921 Yorkshire 574 (2895)
12/8 - 1921 Northumberland 263 (832)
19/7 - 1940 Kentucky 778
17/7 - 1930 Tennessee 414 (1487)
25/6 - 1930 North Carolina 371 (453)
14/6 - 1940 Tennessee 839 (1302)
4/6 - 1940 Tennessee 815
26/5 - 1921 Hertfordshire 76
8/5 - 1910 Tennessee 236
4/5 - 1921 Hampshire 118
17/4 - 1921 Wales 171
9/4 - 1921 Kent 466
1/4 - 1921 Cumberland 189 (372)
30/3 - 1921 Cheshire 99 (360)
28/3 - 1921 Sussex 151
24/3 - 1921 Essex 126 (330)
23/3 - 1921 Buckingham 51
18/3 - 1921 Derbyshire 133
10/3 - 1921 Lincolnshire 195
7/3 - 1921 Norfolk 126
28/2 - 1921 Gloucestershire 95
27/2 - 1921 Wiltshire 41
21/2 - 1921 Northants 116
19/2 - 1921 Warwickshire 233
12/2 - 1921 Devon 45
10/2 - 1921 Surrey 239
3/2 - 1921 Bedfordshire 174
30/1 - 1921 Leicestershire 90
26/1 - 1921 Staffordshire 168
11/1 - 1921 Nottinghamshire 272

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Gerry 23rd November, 2013.


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Members often change e-mail addresses. In order that you can receive notifications of activity on any posts you make it is important that you change any e-mail addresses in your own "User Profile".

4th March, 2008

» Lawson, Cheesbrough & Vertigan One Name Studies

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You are encouraged to post details of your Lawson, Cheesbrough and Vertigan families (including variant spellings of these names) in the appropriate Forenames Forum depending on where in the world they lived. Doing so will enable others researching the same families to make contact with you and also allow me to search my extensive databases and so offer details from these. The advantages are that you will then be able to share information and hopefully extend your knowledge of your family. You may also post queries in the appropriate Help Wanted Forum in relation to any aspect of your research especially where you have hit a 'brick wall'.

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Gerald Lawson (December 2009)

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» Typical Thread

Arthur McArthur Lawson b. c.1886 Glasgow


Arthur married Margaretta Kennedy McKnight b. 16th August 1883, known as 'Dolly'.
Their marriage took place on May 1st 1903 at 38 Prince Edward Street, Glasgow. Arthur was a commercial traveller aged 17, Dolly was 16. They both lived at 50 Palermo Street, Glasgow. His parents were George Greer Lawson and Agnes Risk Letters McArthur Lawson. Her parents were James McKnight and Elizabeth McKnight, m.s. Leith, deceased.
Their children were:-

George James, b. 26th July 1903. He was with the army in India, got engaged and died of cholera
Arthur McArthur, b. 16th May 1905. He emigrated to the USA, and worked with cars. He was killed in a car accident.
Elizabeth Lawson,known as 'Ailsa', b. c.1908. She married William Gray on 8th August 1924.

They had 3 children:- Audrey Gray, b. 18th August 1928. Dolly Lawson Gray, b. c.1925, died aged 2 from drowning in a pool on 6th May 1927. Gloria Lawson Gray b. c.1937.
Wilfred, b. c.1912. He found his niece drowned, and sadly had a breakdown. He died in a home in Glasgow.

Gordon b. c. 1917, went to Sweden, married a Swede and had no children.

(the above details are family hearsay only)

The father, Arthur McArthur Lawson died on 24th June 1925 at 48 Murano Street, Glasgow. Sadly he had committed suicide.

His parents were George Greer Lawson, who died on 19th November 1905, in his forties, and Agnes Risk Letters Lawson, m.s. McArthur.
Agnes' father was Harcourt Letters
Her mother was Martha Pedley, formerly McArthur Letters or Letters McArthur, m.s. Meir

Reply posted by Gerry

This is by far the most informative posting for a long time.

Arthur Mcarthur's birth is recorded at Cathcart in 1884 and the follwoing census records help to build the family picture.

1881 Parish 560 Hazel Bank Place, Cathcart, Renfrewshire
George G Lawson 29 letter press printer Airdrie
Agnes R L Lawson 23 Glasgow
Martha P M 6 Glasgow
Grace H 4 Cathcart
Isabella D 1 Cathcart

1891 Parish 644/12 - 38 Allison Street, Govan, Glasgow
George G Lawson 39 commercial traveller Airdrie
Agnes R L Lawson 34 Glasgow
Martha P M 16 gents cap maker Govanhill
Grace H 14 North Cathcart
Arthur Mca 7 North Cathcart
Agnes 3 Govanhill

George was the son of Archibald and Martha Lawson (nee Grier) who married at Old Monkland 19 10 1845. Hence this is the source of George's middle name. This family appear in the following census records.

1851 Parish 651 - 39 High Street, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Archd. Lawson 27 book seller & tea dealer FIF Crossgate
Martha Lawson 24 Glasgow
James 5 Airdrie

1861 Parish 651/1 - 17 Graham Street, New Monkland, Airdrie
Archibald Lawson 36 bookseller printer FIF Dalgetty
Martha Lawson 33 Rutherglen
Elizabeth Lawson 62 mother FIF Dalgetty
James 14 apprentice printer Airdrie
Elizabeth 11, George 9, Archibald 8, Martha 6 all born Airdrie

» Stats

Members: 2,576
Threads: 2,239
Posts: 6,756
Top Poster: gerry (3,149)
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» Latest News

30th December, 2022

30/12/2022 The US census database has been updated and now contains 48571 names

13/12/2022 The Lawson UK census database has been updated with an additional 700 names and updated 1921 addresses

26/11/2022 The Cheesbrough census, births and marriages databases have been update

12/11/2022 The England & Wales births, deaths and marriages databases have been updated

30/8/2022 The Vertigan census, births and marriages databases have all been updated

The Lawson wills database has been updated with details now to 1960
showing executors and estate values. The deaths database has also been updated to include many more dates and showing wills

The Lawson births database for England & Wales has been updated with new births between 2007-2010. Additional data has also been added

The Lawson worldwide births database has been updated with an additional 450 entries

The Cheesbrough databases have been updated the deaths file is now working.

The Online Database site has moved due to problems with the original site. Please see the link in the Site Navigation Panel for the new URL

A new database listing Lawson soldiers who were killed in action during WWI

A further 911 births have been added to the Scottish births database covering 1840-1854

The Lawson North American database has been extended to add 3000 Canadian arrivals

I now have a database of Lawson names in the 1911 Scottish census. By using the referencing numbers I am able to group families and will be adding details to the UK census database

The Lawson burials database has been extended with an additional 550 entries from Yorkshire

The total number of records in all the databases has now passed HALF A MILLION entries

The Lawson deaths in Scotland has been extended to include entries between 1930-1949

The US census database has received a major update, the total now covering 44,000 La
wson names.

1/6 The Lawson UK wills database has been extended to include an additional 1027 Scottish wills. Full details will be added later

11/5 The Lawson births and marriages databases for England and Wales have been extensively updated with further details including the names of parents and census reference numbers for cross-referencing.

The Lawson Scottish marriages database has been extended with an additional 2818 entries and now covers marriages between 1855-1979

The Cheesbrough & Vertigan on-line databases have now been extended and includes data from the 1939 Register

The Lawson England & Wales deaths database has been updated to include ages 1837-1912 with a few blanks which will be completed soon.

The Cheesbrough births database for England and Wales has been updated to include much more detail especially the names of parents and census reference numbers.

The Lawson US births database has been extended with an additional 2973 Virginia State entries.

The US State census file has been updated showing the numbers of Lawson entries found in individual years.

The US marriage database has been updated with additional 1890 Texas entries and now totals 30,231 records.

479 Tennessee Lawson births have been added to the database.

There is a new item on the Site Navigation Panel containing details of The Lawson Letters issues by the late Mary Alice Lawson. I have added issues from this publication which are available to senior members who have posted details of their Lawson families.

The Lawson Scottish births database has been updated with entries for females covering 1920-1999  with 4,323 additional names.

The Lawson Scottish births database has been updated with entries for males now covering 1855-1999  with 2,420 additional names.

The Lawson Canadian census database has been updated and now contains 4,200 names.

The Lawson burials database has been updated with 353 records from Isle of Man

The Lawson wills database has been extended to include 1027 Scottish entries between 1876 and 1936.

The Miscellaneous baptisms database has been updated with an additional 785 entries from Lancashire.

An additional 511 entries have been added to the Lawson Wills UK database which now covers up to 1945. Additional Irish wills have also been added.

An additional 700 Lawson baptisms and marriages have been added to the on-line searchable databases covering the Isle of Man. These can be located in the UK Baptism and UK Miscellaneous Marriage databases.

The Lawson births database for England and Wales has been updated to include 1837-2006 with over 61,300 entries.

The searchable on-line database site has changed to a different server. Please refer to the Searchable Database link in the Site Navigation Panel for the new site address.

The Lawson deaths database for England and Wales has been updated and now extends to 2005 with 41,231 entries.

A new database of Lawson deaths in USA has been added with 5,80 entries. This is available only to Senior Members who have posted some details in one of the site Forums.

An additional 3,684 new births have been added to the US database available only to Senior Members who have posted details of their Lawson families.

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